Eddie Bravo Training Chuck Liddell for Couture rematch
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Eddie Bravo has been tapped to train "The Ice Man" Chuck Liddell in Jiu Jitsu in preparation of his big rematch with Randy Couture at UFC 52.
Q: Tell us how this all came about, how did Eddie Bravo come to train Chuck Liddell?
Eddie Bravo: Well, I have known Chuck for a few years now, I knew him before he became the world famous "Iceman."
Back when I was a purple belt I had offered to train him on the ground, but you know, he lived 3 hours away and I hadn't really proven myself yet.
Then about a year and a half ago in Miami, we were at a club and I had asked him again if he wanted me to train him on the ground, but again I really hadn't proven myself and I still wasn't a black belt yet, so he stuck it out with the jiu jitsu instruction he already had.
Then finally he decided since he was taking the rematch with Randy Couture in April and since he lost the first fight on his back, who better to teach him how to fight off his back then me.
So basically when the fight was officially signed, he decided he had to be really good on his back because Randy is virtually unstoppable at taking guys down. So he called me and took me up on my offer.
Q: So can you tell us exactly what you are bringing to the table that his current trainers at the Pit were not able to provide him?
Eddie Bravo: Well, he lost to Randy because he wasn't that technical off his back. And he has to fix that. I am not going to teach him how to take any body down -- I am not going to teach him how to strike - you know - I am just going to teach him how to fight from the guard because that is my specialty.
Q: So you guys trained together last week, what did you guys go over, and can you give us any insight as to what a training session between Eddie Bravo and Chuck Liddell is like?
Eddie Bravo: What is going on is no secret, he is coming to me to learn how to fight from the guard. We are doing a lot of half guard stuff, we are doing a lot of full guard stuff, a lot of rubber guard stuff.
We don't have that much time to train, the fight is only a couple months away, but I think we can do enough to make a difference.
Q: Are you one of his official trainers now? Was this just a 1 time seminar kind of thing,
Eddie Bravo: I don't know what is going to happen after the Randy fight, he does live three hours away but he is planning on training with me up until the fight.
But after that who knows, maybe I will continue to train him, which I would love to do. I would love to have him for couple years. In a couple months you can only do so much.
I would really like to have him for couple years. If I did, I would make sure that anybody fighting him would regret taking him to the ground.
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